The president of the European Parliament encourages research specialists gathered at Brussels for people with Down Syndrome

After the UNO (in Geneva) yesterday, it was then in the European Parliament (in Brussels) that the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation organized a conference for the World Down Syndrome Day.

The event aimed at raising awareness concerning the issues and needs of the health and research programs that people with Down Syndrome benefit from. The president of the European Parliament Antonio Taiani spoke before the young people with Down Syndrome (for France, Paul, Laura, Ségolène, Charlotte). He underlined a characteristic often found in people with Down Syndrome but frequently ignored: “Young people with Down Syndrome give out more love than other people. They are better people. People who give out the most love are those who win.” He was, of course, alluding to Mélanie’s success as a weather presenter.

The president of the Parliament also insisted on the importance of financial support “It is obvious we need to put more money into research and innovation”. He then left his place to scientists and researchers so that they may present their most recent work.

Find out about the speakers in the press release from March 14th.


Thierry de La Villejégu, Director General of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation with people living with Down Syndrome and Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament.